A String Section

Reckless Sleepers


Reckless Sleepers is an Anglo-Belgium company which has been producing contemporary performances for over 20 years. The company creates original theatre pieces, installation projects and interventions for theatres, galleries, museums, site and seasonally-specific projects that both entertain and challenge audiences, viewers and participants. Collaborating with a company of artists specialising in different art-forms, Reckless Sleepers produces works that place ideas at the centre of the process, that are installed rather than presented and that embrace mistakes.

A String Section brings together choreographer Leen Dewilde and Scottish Chamber Orchestra cellist Su-a Lee to create a literal account of the show’s title. Five women wearing little black dresses, each with a handsaw and chair, engage in a slow dance with destruction – by attempting to saw the legs off the chairs. As they labour, elegance, dignity and sophistication give way to absurdity as the pull of gravity takes over. Driven to complete their uncompromising task, the five women struggle against or give in to the inevitable – each in their own style, wavering between farcical brinkmanship and a process of unrelenting destruction. The work can be presented as seen or scaled up and staged in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. 


In the press

"A work of dazzling maturity" Maddy Costa, This is Tomorrow

"A String Section drew in enormous crowds and held them mesmerised as they destroyed their chairs with such balance and dexterity, strength and delicateness" Hastings Observer

Production details

  • Devisor

    Lisa Kendal, Orla Shine, Rachel Rimmer, Caroline D'Haese, Dee-Anne Donalds, Leen Dewilde
  • Director

    Mole Wetherell
  • Choreographer

    Leen Dewilde
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight

    No freight necessary
  • Touring Availability

    From January 2016
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    8m x 8m
  • Text-based

    Light (very little or no text)

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Main Hall, Summerhall
  • Production dates

    23 – 27 AUGUST (not 26 AUGUST)
  • Production times

    2030–2125 23 AUGUST, 1000–1055 AND 2030–2125 24 AUGUST, 1300–1355 AND 1810–1905 25 AUGUST, 2030–2125 27 AUGUST
  • Duration

    55 MINS
  • Audience capacity




Workshops, lectures, post show discussions, and residencies are presented alongside all or company projects.

Additional productions

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